Mengeham Rythe Sailing Club members rallied together to clear up
A mini-tornado has caused an estimated £100,000 of damage to boats at a Hayling Island
Boats ‘toppled like dominos’ when the whirlwind passed through Mengeham Rythe
Sailing Club, on
Sunday 20 October.
spokesman Carol Carter said the mini-tornado struck at about 7.15am, leaving a trail of destruction as it whipped along residential
roads before reaching the dinghy park on Marine Walk.
said: ‘Boats were tossed in the air, landing on top of other boats, it was a
force 2 tornado, travelling up to 92mph.
estimating that about 50 dinghies were damaged, costing just under £100,000 – it
soon adds up with damage to masts, covers, trailers and fiberglass.
just pulled all the yachts out of the water and a couple fell off their
trailers. Fortunately the mini-tornado didn’t pass through the cruiser park.
was such a concentrated, narrow sweep, the CCTV footage shows boats going down
added: ‘The most fortunate thing is that no one was injured, if it had been an
hour or two later the boat park would’ve been a hive of activity.
no one was hurt, just a lot of pride and joy damaged.
sent a newsgroup email out to club members just before 9am and the response was
amazing, a lot of people worked as a fantastic team to restore some order and to
save the boats from further damage as a lot of them were in a precarious
postion in strong winds.’
staff worked alongside the emergency services to clean up debris and fallen
trees from the affected areas, and to assess the safety of affected properties.